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One of Val’s fans has created a forum for the ITV series Wire in the Blood

She says, ‘it is dedicated to the ITV series however there is a section devoted solely to the books by Val McDermid.’
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‘Northanger Abbey’ Out Tomorrow in UK 27 March 2014!

Northanger Abbey Out Tomorrow

Cary Mulligan

Val McDermid’s modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

The Austen Project pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen’s six complete works: Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park. Taking these well-loved stories as their base, each author will write their own unique take on Jane Austen’s novels.

Still no Abbey ending for Northanger but Val McDermid’s retelling would impress Austen… 

Review By: Jake Kerridge – The Express

 Of all Jane Austen’s six completed novels, Northanger Abbey is the least read nowadays. Like the plainest girl at the ball, it remains undisturbed on the shelf while readers waltz away with Pride And Prejudice or Emma.

…McDermid’s great virtue is to have made Austen’s characters seem fresh in the way they would have been for her first readers. When the minxy Bella Thorpe, supposed to be engaged to Cat’s brother, attempts to justify dancing with a handsome soldier (“I feel like I did my bit for the troops tonight. My personal Help for Heroes”), she reveals all her hypocrisy, vanity and absurdity in a single perfect phrase, in the patented Austen manner. I can imagine Jane herself applauding.

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Cross and Burn Editors’ Choice!

Cross and Burn – iBooks Editors’ Choice

iBooks Editors'  ChoiceSome nice news from our friends at Apple — they love CROSS AND BURN and are featuring it in the iBooks Editors’ Choice spot for a week starting Oct 22 2013.


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Three 99p short story collections by Val McDermid

Gunpowder Plots - book cover

A bonfire night trio of short stories from bestseller Val McDermid

Published on: 01/11/2013

Available in ebook for the first time ever, this trio of classic crime short stories by Sunday Times number one bestseller, Val McDermid – HeartburnSneeze for Danger,The Consolation Blonde -  shows the early twists and turns that Val now uses in her bestselling crime fiction.

In Heartburn, a traditional bonfire night turns deadly when revenge is in the air. In Sneeze for Danger, a killer is unmasked by unfortunate means, and in The Consolation Blonde, a misunderstanding turns a bestselling author to crime…

‘Very smart and memorable . . . both stories are great reminders of a time when McDermid was sharpening her teeth on the crime fiction genre and the great writer she was to become . . . an excellent aperitif before the next McDermid novel’ 

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Val talks about Cross and Burn

Val McDermid

Val McDermid’s Wire in the Blood series continues


10 October 2013


Crime writer and former tabloid reporter Val McDermid has written 30 books, including recently one for children.

But it is her novels featuring characters Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, which she is best known for, after they were adapted for ITV’s Wire in the Blood series.

Cross and Burn is the latest and eighth book in the series.

McDermid tells the BBC’s Nick Higham how she often has to “re-group” in between her Wire in the Blood novels by writing other stories.

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Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Literature Festival


Sunday, October 13th, 2013


8 – 9pm


The Craiglands Hotel,
Cowpasture Road,
West Yorkshire,
LS29 8RQ.


£7 / £5

Val McDermid In Conversation

One of today’s most compelling crime writers, Val McDermid is the ‘acknowledged queen of the psychological thriller’ (the Guardian). Tonight she discusses her vast of body of work, including her latest novel Cross and Burn, the eighth in the unforgettable and gripping Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

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